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So, I was reading in a book that you shouldn't always assume that big wharehouse stores always have the best prices. So, I started to figure out the price of formula and diapers (things I buy the most of.) Here is my spreadsheet that I have in my Palm Pilot:
I also compared the diapers to a sale at Target, and the diapers at Costco still beat out the sale at Target. Now, at Target you can buy a smaller quantity, so if I am close to the next size, I might buy at Target.
I was also interested to see that the cost per diaper was also the same for the generic (costco) and premium Huggies. I like Huggies since they have a good elastic band on the back and it helps with poop up the back.
I also did it for formula:
emfamil 25.7oz $23.99 .93/oz
similac 25.7oz $22.39 .87/oz
target 25.7oz $11.89 .46/oz
I still need to get prices at WalMart. This is a work in progress.
It's very interesting to me to see the price per ounce and how much a difference there is.
Alex will start baby food in the next month, so I've started to get prices of baby food as well. I plan to make homemade baby food, but would like to know where the best price is of premade in case I need some.
Sometimes Costco sends out a booklet of coupons. They usually either have a coupon for $3.00 off Kirkland brand and sometimes they have a coupon for Huggies. This last one was "buy 1 box huggies diapers & 1 box of Huggies wipes, save $8.00" That was an AWESOME deal!
I actually prefer the Kirkland diapers tho. They are stretchier & softer than Huggies. You can give them a shot and if you don't like them, Costco will refund your money. That's why I first tried them and I love them.
I think the band on the Kirkland is even longer/deeper than the Huggies. But even if they don't work out, Costco will take whats left of the box back and give you a refund. Most ppl that I talk to really like them tho.
I wish we had a closer Costco. It is across Houston and I don't think the savings would be worth the gas and traffic. I will stick with Sam's. I just always have wondered what they have in there. And the fact they have coupons, I am loving that!
Natasha, mom to Harley (5/11/2005) and Jarrett (9/4/2010) and wife to Ray (1/4/2003)
BJs is the best I think because they take outside coupons. So, you can get great deals on formula and diapers.
Costco by me has gas, so it's worth it to have a Costco membership. Gas is always a few cents cheaper per gallon, and you never have to wait in line. I'm always going to Costco to buy something, so it's not an out of the way trip.
I find better deals on meat at grocery stores, but sometimes you can get a meat deal at Costco. I had a $5 off coupon for pork chops and it made them super cheap per pound. So, now I have like 10 pounds of pork chops in my freezer!